February Swine Budget now available on the OMAF website.
An Industry Advisory from OMAF/MRA March 6:
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus
PEDv continues to be detected on farms and at processors, transporters and assemblers at a low level. This indicates 1) the virus is still circulating and is an ongoing risk, and 2) it is being managed through the existing collective efforts and precautions. The cooperation of all levels of industry and government has been essential in minimising the impacts of PED to the Ontario pork industry. Vigilance and strong biosecurity at the farm level, diligent cleaning and disinfection by transporters, renderers, processors and other service providers, and changes to the flow of animals have all resulted in a relatively small number of cases compared to many affected US states.
PED has become established in the United States, and other pathogens like Delta coronavirus present new threats. The efforts made to prevent the spread of PED must continue as regular business practices as the industry manages these risks and moves forward. Growing Forward 2 and OMAF funding to Ontario Pork will continue to strengthen efforts in the areas of greatest risk and provide the necessary infrastructure and education to help meet these challenges.
PED is considered an emerging significant disease in Ontario, and veterinarians are still required to report suspect cases to OMAF under the Animal Health Act. OMAF will continue to cover the cost of diagnostic testing of clinical suspects at the Animal Health Laboratory until further notice, and will continue to offer support to veterinarians and their clients in the management of PED cases.
Testing of non-clinical or environmental samples is not encouraged and will not be covered by OMAF. Such testing on its own does not give a valid indication of PEDv status and should not be used to inform decision-making by producers, veterinarians or service providers. Conducting environmental testing as part of a monitoring program is at the discretion of individual businesses and sample submission should be discussed with the AHL.
For further information please contact the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food at 1-877-424-1300, or Ontario Pork at 1-877-ONT-PORK.
Resources on PED prevention and management are available from OMAF at www.ontario.ca/swine.
A release from the London Swine Conference yesterday www.londonswineconference.ca.
Note the Registration deadline is March 14th. Contact 519-873-4077 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release…
“14th London Swine Conference (LSC) moves to Hilton”
London ON, March 4, 2014 – The theme is “Positioning for Success” as the pork industry prepares to gather in London for the fourteenth annual LSC. These two full days of presentations and workshops have moved to the Hilton London for Wednesday and Thursday, March 26 & 27, 2014. Speakers will cover topics ranging from practical on-farm decision making and management to the impacts of international trade on pork production.
“I am excited about the timely topics with something for everyone” says conference Chair Teresa Van Raay. The program will once again be targeted for sow herds on Wednesday, and wean to finish on Thursday. “With speakers from across the continent and a new venue I am looking forward to seeing everyone at this premier swine industry conference.”
Wednesday’s Sow-focused agenda will include ‘Lessons Learned from PEDv’, along with experts in the areas of group sow housing, nutrition and lactation, and Ontario’s position in the global marketplace. At the farm level, workshops will consider piglet and milk management, reproductive troubleshooting, feeding the sow, and practical aspects of group sow housing.
On Thursday, the focus is on Wean to Finish. Topics such as real factors that affect profitability, the importance of international trade to Ontario production, and national health status monitoring will be covered. Farm level workshops will include managing pile-ups, benchmarking and measuring profitability on-farm, spotting problems early, higher fiber diets, and improving feed efficiency.
As always, the LSC program will include leading researchers, industry experts and pork producers. This unique mix of perspectives provides new insights and can lead to lively workshop discussions. Presenters this year will include: Steve Pollmann, Murphy Brown West; Doug MacDougald, South West Ontario Veterinary Services; Chris Byra, Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network; Ron Bates, Michigan State University; Laurie Connor, University of Manitoba; Chantal Farmer, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Ruurd Zijlstra, University of Alberta; Kevin Grier, George Morris Centre; Graeme McDermid, Cronin Pork Ltd.; Kathleen Sullivan, Trade Consultant.
For a listing of all conference speakers and the full program visit: www.londonswineconference.ca
Conference fees are $135 per day which includes one copy of the proceedings, a reception on Wednesday, lunch and all coffee breaks. Discounts are available for groups of five or more who register and submit one payment. Registration deadline is March 14, 2014. Please note that there is no registration at the door.
The London Swine Conference is a joint effort by staff from Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs (OMAF and MRA), Ontario Pork, University of Guelph, Ontario Pork Industry Council, and is made possible through strong industry sponsorship.
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The following is from a CFIA email update distributed yesterday:
Update: Canadian Food Inspection Agency Investigation into Feed as a Possible Source of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED)
March 3, 2014: Scientific testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) cannot confirm a link between feed containing blood plasma and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) cases in Canada.
The study demonstrated that the porcine blood plasma in question contained PED virus capable of causing disease in pigs. However, the study could not demonstrate that the feed pellets containing the blood plasma were capable of causing disease.
Mise à jour : Enquête de l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments à l’effet que des aliments du bétail pourraient être la source de la diarrhée épidémique porcine (DEP)
Le 3 mars 2014 : Les analyses scientifiques effectuées par l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments (ACIA) ne permettent de confirmer l’existence d’un lien entre les aliments du bétail contenant du plasma sanguin et les cas de diarrhée épidémique porcine (DEP) signalés au Canada.
L’étude a démontré que le plasma sanguin de porc visé contenait le virus de la DEP pouvant causer la maladie chez les porcs. Cependant, l’étude n’a pas permis de conclure que les aliments granulés contenant le plasma sanguin pouvaient causer la maladie.
The purchase of cleaning and disinfection equipment dedicated to improving biosecurity (such as a pressure washer, footbaths, buckets, boot brushes) are eligible expenses under the Cleaning and Disinfection Capacity section of the GF2 Special Intake program. A full list of eligible projects can be found in the Program Guideline and Application.
GF2 PED Special Intake Funding is based on eligibility requirements – it is not first come, first served. Applications for the GF2 intake must be received by March 13, 2014. Growing Forward 2 PED Intake program guidelines and applications. For PED resources and updates please go to: www.ontario.ca/swine and follow the links.
The PED Biosecurity Special Intake provides support to the swine industry to improve biosecurity levels. If you already applied to a previous GF2 intake and some or all of your project activities would be eligible under the GF2-Ontario PED Biosecurity Special Intake, please contact OSCIA (1-800-265-9751) as you may be eligible for 75% cost share funding on the earlier approved activities. Only one application may be submitted and approved per Premises ID through the PED Biosecurity Special Intake.